Keith Richards Discusses Getting Women’s Underwear Thrown At Him
Keith Richards has always said that the goal of the Rolling Stones in the early days was to bring the blues to London. In a new interview, he discusses a side benefit, which threw him for a loop back in the day.
The interview can be found in a book by Ariel Leve and Robin Morgan, ’1963: The Year of the Revolution: How Youth Changed the World with Music, Art, and Fashion,” and the audio of Richards (embedded above) is an exclusive to Ultimate Classic Rock. The book looks at the historical events of that year – including the Cold War, civil rights, feminism and John F. Kennedy’s assassination – and discusses how youth culture began to rise up and began to transform society in response.
It offers contributions from such notable rockers as Eric Clapton, Graham Nash and the aforementioned Richards, who talked about the sense of culture shock he received at the time. “You want to play the blues and you’re a white kid from London,” he said. “And you’ve got the hang of it pretty much. Suddenly you’re up there on stage and before you know it, young ladies are throwing their underwear at you. We just wanted to turn England on to the incredible music that they’re not hearing.”
“Keith as an influence in 1963 has to be summed up in one thing,” said Morgan, also in the video. “He was the coolest dude on the planet then. An awful lot of people who saw the Stones in 1963 didn’t want to emulate Mick Jagger. They did not want to emulate Bill Wyman. They wanted to emulate Keith Richards. He was just uber-cool. He almost invented it.”